Bleisure travel is like a mullet haircut: 'business at the front, party at the back'. It's a new term that has cropped up recently, a portmanteau word combining 'business' and 'leisure' - meaning travelers who attach leisure travel onto a business trip.
This is not new. And there are many who deny such a 'trend' exists. But there's a new awareness of 'bleisure' travelers and a need to provide those travelers - with tight schedules and multiple travel agendas - opportunities to enjoy their travels even on a work-related trip. I say, 'bring it on'.
By: Lynn Elmhirst, executive producer and host, BestTrip.TV
As a travel expert, journalist, TV producer, host and entrepreneur, I lead a busy life, and much of it is on the road. But I have always taken to heart my Granny's advice to 'stop and smell the roses'.
Here are my tips for travelers who want to put a little 'party' in their business travel.
1. Take even a small break.
Some have defined bleisure travelers as those who extend a business trip at least for one Saturday stay on either side (usually the back end) of a business trip. Personally, I feel that's much too narrow. I think bleisure kicks in any time you can carve out some personal time – at the beginning, end or during a business trip. It can be a couple of hours, a couple half-days, or yes, a couple or more days outside your business obligations.
We had an intense filming schedule in Russia that ended up without our crew ever having a full day off. But we did end our filming one day near the famed Hermitage art museum-in-a-palace. To my surprise, the entire crew – very different ages, backgrounds and interests – all wanted to explore inside. And that experience – while not as long as many avid art lovers might spend there – became one of our favorite memories of Russia. If we'd decided we didn't have 'long enough' to 'do it right', we might have missed it altogether.
How could you miss this? The Grand Staircase entry at the Hermitage. BestTrip.TV
For some people, just an early morning run or cycle around the city for an hour invigorates and gives them a way to explore their destination.
2. Be open to new experiences.
The top 'bleisure' travel destinations naturally reflect the corporate world. Especially in Europe, they don't always align perfectly with traditional top holiday travel destinations. Top Bleisure destinations in Europe include Lisbon, Nice, and Istanbul, outranking top leisure destinations of London, Paris, and Rome.
This means you could well end up in a destination that has never been on your travel bucket list. I call that: opportunity.
Vespa Tours? Not on my list until I found myself in Tuscany for work. BestTrip.TV
Some of my favorite and most memorable travel experiences have been ones that I would never have come up with myself, but that I encountered as a result of my work, and they opened my eyes to a whole new way of experiencing life.
In fact, my very first cruise was for my work, not by my choice! Two weeks on the Crystal Symphony converted me – no surprise! And now, cruise travel expertise is one of the things I'm best known for!
3. Book ahead.
Commit and pre-pay for your bleisure, and you'll be much more likely to take the break to enjoy your destination rather than letting work consume all your time. If you know you have a wine tour booked, you'll be much more able to combat your instincts to tell yourself, 'If I stay in my hotel, I could get X done now…', and get out into those vineyards and tasting rooms.
Don't miss out on the vineyards! BestTrip.TV
Don't make mental half-promises to yourself to enjoy your business destination, make a commitment that your trip will benefit your own life as well as benefiting your business.
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Looking for something different than your typical beach destination! Barbados has it all, from stunning coastlines , coral reefs , underground lakes and caves to incredible dinning that has something for everyone's palate. Not to be missed is Friday night fish fry at Oistins, here you will be able to order the many different types of fish, such as tuna, swordfish, red snapper, mahi -mahi- and even flying fish, A wonderful evening filled with live music, dancing and a crafters market.
A visit to Harrison's Cave is a must see, one of Barbados 7 wonders , an underground cave with bubbling streams where stalactites and stalagmites were formed over a thousand years ago.
On my recent trip to Barbados, I did an afternoon catamaran cruise with a company called Cool Runnings, this has to be one of my most memorable moments, the crew of three were the most wonderful of hosts, they took us out to swim with the turtles provided the gear to snorkel out to see a few shipwrecks, we ended day with a lovely a dinner and a beautiful sunset,for a few magical hours all the worries and stress of everyday living are far behind you , that is priceless!
There are many different types of accommodations in Barbados, very popular are villa rentals,self catering apartments and hotels. If you prefer to have an all inclusive resort there are several hotels with this option,for couples Sandals just opened their first hotel in Barbados this year!
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The Dominican Republic, the surf, the sand, the resorts, the spas; it all sounds too good to be true. It's not! For a romantic getaway, or just a getaway the beaches of the Dominican Republic can be very enticing.
You finally got to take the trip of a lifetime so you head to the Dominican Republic to see what they offer. The good news is: you find yourself taken away by something much better than Calgon. It's those sandy beaches, your drink of choice, and the best spa ever. There are several beaches to chose from. Just close your eyes and point and let your imagination take over from there.
Remember to take along a bathing suit and not much else. There should be no need to change clothes forty times while you are on this particular trip. Pack a sarong, some sandals you wouldn't mind losing in the surf and maybe something to wear at night if the mood strikes you. Leave the phone packed away for most of this trip, unless you are going to take spectacular photos with it.
Take photos of everything, even the sunset, because everything can be spectacular when viewed through a haze of relaxation. Don't leave the adrenalin junkies at home, bring one along so they can enjoy the wind-surfing, para-sailing, kite-surfing, snorkeling and more. Playa Punta Cana is ideal for those travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. Top notch cuisine, rooms and spas are located at Punta Cana.
For a secluded beach go to Playa Bahoruco and spend time lazing around in the sunshine. Take a trip off the beaten path to Playa Cabarete for a little sightseeing and some down time. Progress has not yet landed face first on Playa Cabarete, so go and enjoy.
One of the great things about visiting the Caribbean, other than the sunshine and relaxing beaches are the prices. Most people think going to the Caribbean costs thousands and thousands of dollars. Not true, most flights and hotel packages will not cost over 4,000 USD. So, put the kids college money back into the account, you don't have to empty your IRA just for a trip of a lifetime.
Now it's up to you to choose which of the beaches you favor and want to spend some quality time lying around on. Be safe when traveling. There is so much to do on any of the Dominican beaches you might not want to leave for a while.
When going out of town remember there are certain things you should do. Forward your mail or have someone pick it up so your mailbox will not overflow and your bills go sailing down the street. Also, you might want to remember to have someone feed the pet or kennel the pet. Either way, someone has to watch the other things that live in your house that need to be healthy when you get home. Other than that, have a great time.
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